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42 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies Score a 100 in HRC's Corporate Equality Index

The average rating of DiversityInc Top 50 companies exceeds 98 (out of 100) in the HRC's annual report on LGBT equality in corporate America.

The Human Rights Campaign has released its 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which measures LGBT-inclusive policies among some of the nation's largest employers using credible, fact-based criteria.


DiversityInc Top 50 companies continue to outperform previous years and the Fortune 500 average on the CEI.

In order to qualify for The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, a company must offer same-gender partner benefits in states that do not recognize same-gender marriages. In order to qualify for DiversityInc's Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees list, a company must have a 100 percent ranking on the CEI.

A total of 42 DiversityInc Top 50 companies (84 percent) scored a perfect 100 on the CEI—up from 41 (82 percent) last year—and the average CEI score of companies in the Top 50 increased from 97.7 to 98.4. In addition, DiversityInc's 25 Noteworthy Companies averaged a 97.0 rating with 18 perfect 100 scores, both improvements from 2014 (92.0, 16).

In comparison, 150 of the 306 Fortune 500 companies that submitted a CEI survey (49 percent) scored a perfect 100, with an average score of 86.

The DiversityInc Top 50 companies scoring a 100 were:

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (No. 1)

Sodexo (No. 2)

EY (No. 3)

Kaiser Permanente (No. 4)

PricewaterhouseCoopers (No. 5)

MasterCard (No. 6)

Procter & Gamble (No. 7)

Prudential Financial (No. 8)

Johnson & Johnson (No. 9)

AT&T (No. 10)

Deloitte (No. 11)

Accenture (No. 12)

Merck & Co. (No. 14)

Cummins (No. 15)

Marriott International (No. 16)

Wells Fargo (No. 17)

Aetna (No. 19)

General Mills (No. 20)

KPMG (No. 21)

Target (No. 22)

IBM (No. 23)

ADP (No. 24)

New York Life (No. 25)

BASF (No. 26)

Eli Lilly and Company (No. 27)

Northrop Grumman (No. 28)

WellPoint (No. 29)

Kellogg Company (No. 31)

Dell (No. 32)

The Walt Disney Company (No. 34)

Kraft Foods Group (No. 35)

TIAA-CREF (No. 36)

Toyota Motor North America (No. 38)

Wyndham Worldwide (No. 39)

Medtronic (No. 41)

Time Warner (No. 42)

Comcast (No. 44)

TD Bank (No. 45)

Monsanto (No. 46)

KeyCorp (No. 47)

Nielsen (No. 50)

DiversityInc 25 Noteworthy Companies scoring a 100 were:

AIG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Brown-Forman

Capital One

Chrysler Group

CVS Health

DuPont

General Motors

The Hartford Financial Services Group

Hilton Worldwide

Humana

MassMutual Financial Group

MetLife

Microsoft

Nissan North America

Pfizer

Time Warner Cable

In order to earn a perfect 100 rating and a designation as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality," companies must:

  • Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation (15 points);

    • Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression (15 points);

    • Offer partner health/medical insurance (15 points);

    • Have parity across other "soft" benefits for partners (10 points, half-credit possible);

    • Offer transgender-inclusive health-insurance coverage (10 points);

    • Have firm-wide organizational LGBT competency programs (10 points);

    • Have employer-supported employee resource group (ERG) OR firm-wide diversity council (10 points, half-credit if the company would support an ERG if employees express interest);

    • Positively engage the external LGBT community (15 points, partial credit given for fewer than three efforts).

In addition, companies have 25 points deducted from their score if a large-scale official or public anti-LGBT "blemish" appears on their recent record.

In all, a record 366 businesses achieved a 100 percent rating, up from 304 a year ago.

Kevin Hart Steps Down from Hosting Oscars

The Academy gave Hart the ultimatum to apologize or step down over past homophobic tweets. But the Academy has its own issues it needs to face.

REUTERS

Comedian Kevin Hart tweeted on Tuesday that being selected to host the 2019 Oscars was the "opportunity of a lifetime." On Friday, Hart said that he was stepping down over past anti-gay tweets.

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Neo-Nazi Group Claims Killer of Gay Student as One of Their Own

Judge revoked $5M bail, and instead held Sam Woodward without bail citing he's a danger to the community.

Samuel Woodward, age 21, stabbed Blaze Bernstein, age 19, a University of Pennsylvania student, 20 times in a park in January after luring him out on the premise that it was a date. In September, he was charged with murder and a hate crime, and DNA evidence was cited as proof on a knife and bloody sleeping bag.

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Transgender People Reject Bigoted Policy​, Say They #WontBeErased​

The Trump administration proposes that government agencies should define sex as "a person's status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth."

REUTERS

#WontBeErased hashtag erupted hours after The New York Times reported the Trump administration's push via a memo for a new legal definition of gender, which would essentially eradicate the estimated 1.4 million Americans who identify as a different gender than the one assigned assigned at birth.

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TWITTER

Republican precinct committeeman Michael Kalny of Shawnee sent a Facebook message about Democratic congressional candidate Sharice Davids, who is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep Kevin Yoder for the 3rd congressional district seat in Kansas.

"The REAL REPUBLICANS will remember what the scum DEMONRATS tried to do to Kavanaugh in November. Your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation."

Emily's List posted on Twitter in response: "This racist, homophobic language is totally unacceptable. We're proud to stand with her & to help elect her." They've since promoted her, and another Native American candidate Deb Haaland of New Mexico.

Davids responded that the message "doesn't represent Kansas values, and it doesn't represent the values of the Republicans we know, many who support this campaign."

On Wednesday, Kalny resigned. "He reflected an apologetic attitude and didn't want to bring negative attention on the party or candidates running in this area," Johnson County Republican Party Chairman Mike Jones said.

No word on an official apology from Kalny to Davids yet. The hateful message was sent to Anne Pritchett, president of the Johnson County Democratic Women's north chapter, who had posted "hostile" messages on candidate Yoder's page in this fiery election race.

Davids, a LGBT lawyer and amateur mixed-martial arts fighter, could become the first ever openly gay member of the Kansas Congressional delegation, if she wins, as well as the first female Native American lawmaker in Washington.

She is a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation ("People of the Big Voice"), which had historically been forcibly separated and relocated out of Wisconsin several times by the U.S. government.

Kalny, when questioned about his message by local media, said he needed to talk to his attorney and hung up the phone.

He also resigned from his position on the board of directors for the Kansas City Barbecue Society citing "personal reasons."

C.J. Grover, a spokesman for Yoder, denounced Kalny's comments:

"Kevin (Yoder) doesn't believe this type of rhetoric is appropriate at all. It's unacceptable," Grover said. "These kind of nasty personal attacks are all too prevalent in politics these days, and it needs to stop."

Davids has shown up in pre-election polls as leading Yoder by as much as 8 percent. She also faces Chris Clemmons, a libertarian candidate, on Nov. 6. Voter registration ends on Oct. 17, less than one week away.

Celebrate Pride Month!  ADP Promotes Diversity and Inclusion with LGBTQ Employee Self-Identification

Self-identification can help companies to better develop programs and benefits that meet the needs of LGBTQ associates and to better attract and retain a diverse talent pool to stay competitive in today's tight labor market.

Originally Published by ADP.

Numerous studies have shown that having a diverse workforce brings a wider range of opinions to the table which leads to better problem solving and drives innovation. But to benefit from diverse perspectives, companies first need to understand the makeup of their employee population beyond gender, ethnicity and race.

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